Will Another Star Stallion Rise In Golden Rose?

The countdown is on for the three-year-old $1 million group 1 Golden Rose at Rosehill Gardens as the industry looks for another exciting stallion prospect, with seven of the last eight winners finding new careers at some of the country’s major breeding establishments in NSW and Victoria.

The early favourite at $5 is the Peter and Paul Snowden-prepared Capitalist, which already has a stud career pencilled in at Newgate Farm after wins in the Golden Slipper and Magic Millions, and his barrier trial win at Randwick a week ago showed he is unquestionably the horse to beat in the Rose. He resumes from his spell in the Missile Stakes over 1200 metres at Randwick on August 6.

Only one horse has won the Golden Slipper-Rose double and that was the Ingham-owned filly Forensics who captured the two group 1s in 2007. She is the only filly to win the Golden Rose since the race had a name change in 2003 from the Peter Pan Stakes. The other stallions having won the Rose are Exosphere, Darley’s stunning Lonhro colt who won the race in 2015 and starts his new career at Darley Stud in Aberdeen in September. Hallowed Crown was bought by Darley after winning in 2014 and also stands at their Aberdeen base.

Chris Waller’s Zoustar scored a fantastic win in 2013 and shares his breeding seasons at Widden Stud and also the Victorian-based Woodside Stud. Epaulette won in 2012 and is also one of Darley’s sought after sires with his weanlings extremely popular at this year’s sales down the east coast of Australia.

Manawanui won in 2011, but being a gelding was ruled out of a stud career. However, the runner-up was Smart Missile, who threw the race away after running erratically down the straight, and is experiencing tremendous support from breeders at Arrowfield Stud.

The 2010 winner Toorak Toff, whose two-year-olds have shown winning form this season, stands at Rosemont Stud in Victoria. Denman (by Lonhro, 2009) went to Darley for his new career and Duporth (2008) entered stud in 2010 at Kitchwin Hills, but this year has transferred to Jindera Park in south-west NSW.

First acceptances were taken for the Golden Rose, which is run on September 10, and 212 horses are paid up, with John O’Shea and team Hawkes each having 25 acceptors, ahead of Peter Snowden (14), David Hayes (14), Chris Waller (11), Gerald Ryan (9) and Paul Perry and Anthony Cummings with seven each.

The stallions with the highest representation are Lonhro and Sebring, with 12 each, Snitzel and Fastnet Rock with 11 each, More Than Ready and Smart Missile (10each) and Redoute’s Choice and Street Cry (nine).

Team Hawkes paid the first Golden Rose acceptance for its four two-year-old winners on Tuesday. The first was Artemis Rose, a Lonhro filly from True Blonde who was bought as a weanling for $710,000. Crafty Cop, a $200,000 Starcraft colt, ran the fastest times of the 900-metre trials at Rosehill and he’s a classy individual.

Spirit and Fire, a $700,000 More Than Ready colt, and Storm Force, a $900,000 Fastnet Rock colt, rounded off their quartet. Gai Waterhouse paid up for five rising three-year-old’s, including Winx’s half brother El Divino, who is scheduled to trial within the next 10 days.

By John Holloway